COVID-19 has thrown the world out of order. Father and mother are home but working. Grandparents can’t go to meet our friends for reading books and play bingo. Siblings are busy with their online classes, and young ones are waiting to go and meet their friends although everyone is at home but not for vacation but the safety and dear life.
Parenting During COVID-19
These rapid changes in the situation have led Adults to uncertain conditions where they are isolated and have lost their balance. They can easily fall under fear, anxiety, depression, and loneliness. Moreover, false information and rumors also create emotional panic. When your kids witness such situations around them, they can be affected more without any clear idea of the case.
Parents are taking the same serious safety measures to ensure the health of their children. But these innocent angels might be asking many questions about the changes they have witnessed around themselves.
As a parent, you might be wondering how to get a hold of such a situation, and you might be having a hard time thinking whether you should tell them about the Covid’19 or not. What you feel indirect affects your kids, too, and suddenly telling them about this pandemic will be hard to explain and challenging itself.
Children are like flowers. They bloom perfectly in the happiest places. Where the situation of COVID-19 has affected us all, they have affected the kids the most. We, as a parent, have restricted kids so much for there own safety, but what we don’t do is talking.
COVID-19’s effect on children
The sudden change of situation, schools closed, no outdoor activities, no playing with friends, and visiting zoos and parks is a lot for a kid. Especially if your kid is 4 to 5 years old, he is so innocent that you can’t have the heart to explain everything to them. You can’t talk about deaths to them because they might not understand the concept, and second, they can get upset quickly. And let’s face it! They are already way too upset because of the restriction.
So the question is how to tell your kids about the situation without getting them upset or worried?
The best way to deal with this situation is to tell them a couple of things. You need to screen the information and make it light so that they get the basic idea. Here is what they ask and what you should tell your kids:
- Why can’t I go to the park?
You might have heard this a million times already. Mommy, I want to go to the park. Why can’t we go to the park? Well, if your kid asks this question, simply tell him that there is a germ in the park. If we go out, we’ll catch it and then we’ll get cold. When we get cold, we can’t eat our favorite ice cream or ice lolly. So, let’s stay at home and eat ice cream instead. You can bribe your kid with ice cream every now and then s that he gets the concept.
- Why can’t I meet my friends or grandparents?
You can tell them that they can’t visit their grandparents or friends because if they sneeze or cough in front of you, you might get cold.
- What do I have to wash my hands more often?
Well, washing hands can be fun for the kids, but if they have to do more often, prepare yourself for a series of questions. So, the best way is to tell them washing hands kill harmful germs that can make them sick. Besides, to encourage them, you can place colorful homemade soaps or different shapes.
- Why do I have to wear a mask while going out?
Tell them that masks protect our nose and mouth from harmful germs that stink. By wearing a mask, we protect ourselves, and if someone sneezes in front of us, the mask protects us.
Now that the most common questions have been answered, you need to make sure your kid follows the safety precautions:
- Talk to them about the importance of wearing a mask and gloves. Be their role model. Take them outside for some time with you. Talk to them about how everyone is protective of themselves. And when you come back home, take them straight to the washroom. Wash your hands and let them follow you.
- Tell them why it is important not to touch their face and eyes when outside. This might be difficult for the younger kids, but give it a go.
- Don’t watch the news in Infront of your kids. This is an important rule you have to set. Whatever the kids know, should be through you. Watching the news can make them upset, especially about people dying.
- Develop a healthy routine. You will have to indulge with your kid more. Create a routine. Explore new activities to keep the kids busy.
- Arrange video calls with your kid’s friends and grandparents. This way they won’t miss their friends much.
- And most importantly, stay reassuring. Give them love, tell them if they stayed home, wear a mask while going outside, and be okay.
The time is stressful, but as a parent, it is our responsibility to give the kids a positive environment. They are too young to take the stress of the world. Therefore, keep it calm. Take to your kids, answer their questions in a lighter tone. Consider the famous connect and redirect method of dealing with stressful situations that come up during parenting. If your child is upset that they cannot go to the playground, show them that you understand their frustrations and redirect their attention to something that could replace the playground. Looking for sources of entertainment and education during these times can also be stressful. As the COVID-19 pandemic, because of a longer-term problem than many adults originally anticipated, it’s important to find hobbies, games, and even educational activities to do with your children.
If you stay calm and happy, your kids will stay comfortable. So, get the most out of this stressful time, and create happy memories so that when your kids are old enough to understand, they know you always protected them and made everything perfect for them.